City planners have been accused of commemorating too many “white people” in the naming of streets and squares. But a plan to rename a Sydney square — which currently pays homage to controversial French war ruler Napoleon Bonaparte — has been criticized for being unnecessary and a waste of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money.

Far from the new name distancing itself from the French leader, it will now commemorate one of the emperor’s soldiers. Napoleon Plaza, which lies at the center of a new $306 million commuter walkway in Sydney, was only given its Gallic-themed name a few months ago. READ MORE